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Vermouth in Barcelona: A local tradition

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Forget brunch—in Barcelona, Vermut, Catalan for Vermouth, reigns supreme. Traditionally a late morning drink and snack to while away the time between mass and Sunday dinner, it's a local custom visitors to the Catalan capital shouldn't miss--and at around 2 euros a glass--you'll still have enough cash to visit a few of the Gaudi monuments. Vermouth over ice, tangy white anchovy filets, salty olives--the beauty of vermut is its simplicity. It's so easy you may even want to recreate it at home.
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Carrer del Consell de Cent, 171, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
I live around the corner from one of the best vermuterias in the city, a tiny watering hole called Morro Fi. More of a walk-up than a sit-down, this little shop offers two versions of their famous homemade vermut (vermouth for Americans)--white...
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Carrer d'Ataülf, 6, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Vermouth is that drink which most guide books will completely miss in their recommendations for Barcelona. Sweet, strong and spicy, it's a staple in many bars in the city. Bar Mingus, a hole-in-the-wall tucked into the recesses of the Gothic...
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Calle Casp, 86, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
About a year and a half before I came to Spain, my father died. So, I found myself chasing my father's ghost in Barcelona. He had spent time here before I was born, before he met my mother... I had a week alone in this city, before meeting up with...
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Carrer de València, 73, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
At Bar Ara, the cocktails and food are freshly made, if less-than-extraordinary. The burgers are filling and cheap. When the weather's nice, the terrace is the best place to be even though there's quite a bit of traffic noise. When it's cold or...
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Carrer de les Magdalenes, 6, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
This drink used to be the top drink to go with any tapas before lunch. Here they'll bring you a siphon bottle so you can pour yourself your own soda into the vermouth. Feel like a local!
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Plaça de Sant Galdric, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Market is a necessary stop on any Barcelona itinerary. Make the most of your time there with a stop at Bar Papitu, a small bar on Sant Galderic Square. Late morning, make like a Catalan, and wash down anchovies and olives with local...
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Far from the throngs of tourists overrunning La Boqueria Market, shop unfettered in L'Abaceria Market in the city's Gracia neighborhood, a village in its own right before it was annexed by the city. It's an ideal stop for authentic edible (and...
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Carrer de Rocafort, 106, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Sip Casa Mariol vermouth garnished pickled guindilla peppers and orange slices on Bodega Gracian's sidewalk terrace in Barcelona's Eixample neighborhood. Next door to a college and a supermarket, it's a favorite with locals and a perfect place for...